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Editors’ Notes

Brooding, hypnotic, and frequently explosive, Steady Diet of Nothing continues Fugazi’s dismantling of punk rock orthodoxy. The band was moving even further from the participatory dance rituals of early “hits” like “Waiting Room” and “Repeater,” and at the same time its sonic vision was broadening. “Exit Only,” “Steady Diet," and “Runaway Return” go beyond simple punk to find the through-line between The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Minutemen, and Sonic Youth. Guy Picciotto's influence is felt more strongly on this album, as the lusty convulsions of “Latin Roots” and “Dear Justice Letter” (directly addressed to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan) define the album’s tone. Unlike music by most of the era's underground rock bands—which was often "all loud, all the time"—Steady Diet of Nothing makes great use of negative space, particularly on Ian MacKaye’s “Stacks.” While the band had become known for sudden detonations in its songs, the best tune here (and arguably Fugazi’s best song ever) is “Long Division,” which centers on the hushed interlocking lines of two guitars and bass.

Customer Reviews

Nothing Short of Amazing

This record wins the contest for longest played album in my car. I think I listened to it for 2 months straight. That was 10 years ago, and I still love it. Not their most popular release, but my favorite by far.

Fugazi!! fightin' for a haircut?

Not only is this album essential to any true Fugazi fan's collection - it does not age. Released I think in 1991 it's 15 years later- I listen to it and nostalgia is not what comes to mind first- it's still the music. It does not get old. Opening with such strength in "Exit Only" and going from that into "Reclamation" which at various points in my life has revisited as an anthem. I Love every single track - "Nice New Outfit" will probably remind you of someone you've known - "Stacks" you will be able to relate to the feeling, whoever you are. I could go on through every track of every album, but I won't. "Long Division" is definetely a favorite. It's all so priceless, and so, so smart and so kick-a** and as much as I love the Pixies, and I do - I cannott really draw true comparisons in their work. They are both excellent - however in my eyes Fugazi truly stands apart for so many reasons. Get the DVD "Instrument" and check out The Evens.

One of the best!

fugazi. this album is very different than their first two. so don't expect repeater or 13 songs. this is the kind of album you have to listen to a few times before you really understand it. but once you do, youll realize it is one of the best punk albums ever written


Formed: 1987 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If history is kind to Fugazi, their records won't be overshadowed by their reputation and methods of operation. Instead of being known for their community activism, five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CDs, and resistance to mainstream outlets, they will instead be known for their intelligent songwriting and undeniably proficient musicianship, which drew from their roots in Washington, D.C. hardcore, as well as post-punk and dub reggae. Songs like "Waiting Room" and "Suggestion," as well as albums such...
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